Volume 5 | April 20, 2020
Cornelius PARC is bringing the programming to you!

We know you're cooped up - it seems like everything is closed or canceled, and you're at home - so what now? Your friends at Cornelius PARC are on a mission to bring you ways to keep busy, stay engaged, decompress, and maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
Keep Moving
Gyms are closed but that's no excuse to stop working out. In fact, more and more businesses are now offering free online classes over a variety of media platforms, including some of our great Cornelius businesses such as Orangetheory, Planet Fitness, Gold's Gym, and the YMCA.

Home workout streaming
Learn Something New
This Wednesday, April 22, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year, like so many other events, the observance is going virtual. Visit our PARC Facebook page each day for some fun and informative videos with special guests. Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for the schedule.

You can also visit earthday.org for many other ways you can participate or check out 12 Meaningful Earth Day Activities for Every Grade .
2011 earth day
Make Your Own Fun
Spread some joy and love by participating in the “Chalk Cornelius” challenge. Choose your driveway or sidewalk and color our community happy by showcasing an inspiring and uplifting drawing or message! Open to all ages, families, and businesses in Cornelius. Winners will be selected for the following four categories: First Impression, Creativity, Originality, and Use of Color. Submission deadline: Friday, May 1, 5 p.m.

Get in My Belly!
Have your kids been expanding their culinary skills over the past few weeks? Do they have a favorite dish or baked treat that they enjoy making? Why not prepare a video and submit it to our Foodie Friday Cooking Club for Kids! The top five videos will be selected and featured on upcoming Foodie Friday segments on our Cornelius PARC Facebook page . Submission d eadline: Friday, April 24, at 12 noon

In times of crisis we learn the value of community. Please consider our local restaurants, both the business owners and the many affected employees! Order for carry out or delivery, or purchase gift cards for later use! Visit Lake Norman is maintaining a list of Lake Norman food and beverage locations still operating and a link to their new Virtual Tip Jar through their NEW Lakeside Curbside webpage.
Partner Spotlight
Lake Norman Bridge Center
Up to three days per week during a typical month, approximately 400 people come to Town Hall to play bridge with the Lake Norman Bridge Center (LNBC). With Town Hall closed, they suggest card fans check out Bridge Base Online (BBO), a free website where thousands of bridge players from beginners to world class play daily. If you need general help with accessing or using BBO, visit this link for a helpful tutorial .
If you have any additional questions about BBO or LNBC, please email Ella Rice or call her at 980-254-1884.
We believe that parks are essential, now more than ever! All Town of Cornelius parks remain open at this time, including Bailey Road, Legion, Robbins, Smithville, Torrence Chapel, and Wilhelm. However, we can only keep the parks open if YOU practice social distancing - that is, a physical distance of at least six feet. That means no doubles, no groups, no shared equipement unless among immediate family sharing the same household. Please, we need your help so we can keep our parks open!

Note that all Mecklenburg County-run parks are open for use but closed to vehicular traffic. You can walk in or bike in, just not drive in. In Cornelius, affected parks include Jetton Park, Ramsey Creek Park, and Blythe Landing.
NRPA Infographic
This Week on PARC's Facebook Page
Looking for even more fun and creative things to do during this extended break? We have you covered! Cornelius PARC will be sharing daily videos Monday through Friday. Here's this week's special Earth Day line-up:
  • Music Monday: Featuring special music from Carolina Divide, which had been scheduled to perform at Earth Jam 2020 (now canceled)
  • Tune-In Tuesday: Our PARC Director Troy Fitzsimmons and NC Wildlife Federation Chair Billy Wilson will be on the air with WAME 92.9 to discuss Earth Day's 50th anniversary
  • Bonus Content: Trivia Tuesday: Follow us throughout the day for trivia questions, then post your answers for chances to win birdhouses
  • Wildlife Wednesday: Another fun and informative video from Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists
  • Drop-In Art Thursday: We'll be showing you how to make pine cone bird feeders
  • Foodie Friday: Jeni Brule of Davidson Ice House will share one of her amazing plant-based recipes
  • Bonus Friday Video: It's Arbor Day! Celebrate with us on Facebook Live as Heartwood Tree Service helps us plant a tree at Bailey Road Park, while sharing fun tree facts